Delicate Structures and Centre Spot.
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I was one of two British artists selected to participate in this international exhibition of contemporary printmaking in Cremona, Italy. Artists were selected by the scientific committee of the A.D.A.F.A. Invitation was a consequence of exhibiting at international Print Biennales in: Varna, Bulgaria 2001 (a major Prizewinner); International Biennale of Drawing and Graphic Arts in Gyor, Hungary 2003 (invited artist, only Scot) ISBN 963 212 249 6); International Triennale of Graphic Art in Bitola, Macedonia 2001 (ISBN 9989-9896-1-3). The work explores issues of ‘place’ – my working context being rural and remote from mainstream artistic centres. Delicate Structures and Centre Spot are comments on the changing landscape of the north east of Scotland, from rural to semi industrial and the notion of ‘worth’. The prints (each 230 x 330 mm) were executed using the intaglio process developed by myself and taught at an annual workshop at the Printmaking Centre (also now at the Institute of American Indian Arts) Santa Fe, New Mexico. This specific process, along with examples of from my work and working practices, are described in the new book Collagraphs and mixed media printmaking. Harthill, B. and Clarke, R. (2005) A&C Black, London ISBN: 0-7136-6396-0. One of the works exhibited is now in the international collection of Graphic Art at the Cremona Civic Museum. 170 artists exhibited including Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine, Chuck Close, Sandro Chia. Full colour 182 page catalogue and DVD accompanied this exhibition. As a consequence of this exhibition, I was invited to submit five works to the ‘Mondial de l’estampe et de la gravure originale triennale de Chamalieres” in Auverne, France in September 2006. This is one of a number of important surveys of contemporary printmaking. Who else of note is included? CG to do I was the only Scottish artist included. A 493 page catalogue was produce and a web site - www.amac-chamalieres.com Series of prints( Interactive Units) relating thematically to this body of work was awarded Shell Premier Award of £5000 May 2006